Long Beach area......what restaurants are the must go to?
We are taking our friends to dinner in Long Beach/Seal Beach/Sunset Beach area. What restaurants are the must see? Love seafood, steak or American New (aka California, I believe). I haven't been in the area since and thought it was a good location to all halfway meet since we're coming from OC and they from Lakewood. Especially with amazing desserts. thanks.
Restaurant Koi in Seal Beach. Excellent sushi, s it at the bar w/Tako. Sorry, no amazing desserts, but if you bring him a banana, he will tempura fry it and serve it w/ice cream, yum! But don't tell him I told you this. ;)
In Long Beach, on or near 2nd St. there are a couple of places...
Open Sesame, Cafe Gazelle and Magic Lamp are a few of the great places on my list. But these are not in line w/your wants, sorry.
Please report back w/what you decide on and how it went.
Frenchy's, for Provencale style French.
Tracht's, as the OP said.
Lasher's on 4th near Redondo for southern style American.
Walt's Wharf on Main St. in Seal Beach for seafood (or King's on Pine, but that's a chain and not unique to Long Beach)
Mediterranean/North African abounds on 2nd Street: Open Sesame, Sunnin, Magic Lamp, George's (Greek)
Christy's on 4th for a fairly traditional, but excellent, dinner (steaks, chops, pastas).
Linking ... also, a map:
111 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
George's Greek Deli
318 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Jongewaard’s Bake 'n Broil
3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807
5215 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803
4137 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA 90804
3441 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803
5020 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803
King's Fish House
100 W Broadway Ste 1000, Long Beach, CA 90802
600 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 100, Seal Beach, CA 90740
191 La Verne Ave, Long Beach, CA 90803
Walt's Wharf Restaurant
201 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740
5110 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803
Agree about Tracht's, (and I love Jar) and Benley is awesome, the old chef is back and things are better than ever! I would also say Michael's on 2nd street, seriously fine food that I would be willing to drive to LA for and they have a beautiful roof top area with couches and a fire place...very fine.
Bubbles, linking is easy. When you click Reply and the box opens up, click on "Link to a place" which you will see at the bottom below the box. Then simply type in the name and the city, then click the red Search box. It should come up with a link if the place has a website. Check the link and then click Post My Reply.
A few tips:
When searching for a restaurant in the City of Los Angeles, use "Los Angeles, CA" in the City field even if the resto is in, say, North Hollywood or Los Feliz. But if the resto is in an incorporated city like Burbank or Long Beach, use that city name (yes, it's very confusing).
If you see multiple enties fro the same resto, use the one that has a Zip code. If there is no listing with a Zip, it probably doesn't matter.
To be honest I have never eaten inside, always on the roof and there is plenty of room up there. I think the food is fantastic, classic dishes prepared with the best ingredients and not in anyway overdone...simple clean, fresh flavors. As someone that was getting tired of driving out to LA to have a great meal I think Michael's is a much needed and welcomed restaurant to Long Beach.
Went to Michael's last week. Had the tasting menu with wine pairings.
The sommelier REALLY knows what he's doing, and the chef himself came out with one of the courses. It was fascinating; the food was Italian in ingredients and textures and execution, but the combinations had a subtlety and focus on balance that one associates with Japanese fine dining. But tastier. And the dessert course was flawless.
Also: Seconds on Benley and Enrique's. Great places.
Agree with below rave review on Michaels. I posted a few weeks ago. Chefs menu was very well done. Wine pairings were spot-on. Will not only return but frequent. Two of the dishes - a squid ink pasta with clams, and a sirloin strip with crostini were LA standouts.
Big marks down on service, I had to explain to the waitress what a wine pairing was...she finally summoned the manager who knew the deal. Two dishes were not slow, but served almost-warm.
I hope the service improves soon. Michaels will be a great addition LB>